Important Benefits of Dental Cleanings

We’ve all been advised to brush at least twice a day and floss before bed. But how often do you have your teeth cleaned? The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months, however many people do not. 

Here are six reasons why professional cleanings are so important:

Bad Breath

Halitosis is often attributed to a dental problem rather than an issue with food or general health. Persistent bad breath can cause social anxiety and other issues, but it doesn’t have to. A thorough dental cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places. This also gives you an opportunity to discuss ways to improve home care with your dentist or hygienist to support fresh breath all day long.

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Dental cleanings are not intended to whiten severely stained teeth. This routine care does, however, polish the surface of enamel to create a brighter, shinier exterior. Many of the stains that sit on the outermost layer of enamel can be lifted slightly during a routine cleaning. That means your investment into professional teeth whitening will go farther!


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Gum Disease

There are several levels of teeth cleaning that may be performed to address gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. This early condition can be successfully treated, and damage reversed, with an appropriate cleaning. It’s important to note that more advanced stages of gum disease require more frequent care, and deeper cleanings that target bacteria beneath the gum line. Additionally, if gum disease is left untreated, patients will experience tooth loss.

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Oral Cancer

In America alone, one person dies from oral cancer every hour. Many of these cancers are curable if detected at an early stage during a routine cleaning.

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Inflammatory Conditions

Due to their chronic nature, dental conditions like gum disease, have been associated with a number of health conditions including cardiovascular disease and stroke. The inflammation that persists inside the mouth causes C-reactive protein in the blood to rise. This elevation is a marker for inflammatory conditions throughout the body, and for cardiac events.

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Detect Potential Issues

Professional cleanings not only reinforce the home-care oral health regimen but gives your dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention. Early signs of problems such as broken fillings and fractures can easily be identified and corrected.

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Overall, taking the time to have your teeth cleaned can prevent general discomfort and even tooth loss. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, now is the time to schedule an exam so that you can prevent many common oral health issues that can negatively impact your quality of life. Contact your local Neighborhood Dental clinic today!